The 2019 edition of the Tokyo Motor Show concludes this week, with top brands showcasing their latest concepts to take the automotive industry into future mobility.
The Asian edition of the world’s biggest motorshow continues its tradition of premiering new concepts that envision the vehicles of the future.
Overall, most brands – components suppliers included – brought the attention of the media to how the automotive landscape will change in the future, as vehicles become more connected and run autonomously.
Here is a recap of some of the concepts featured at the show:
- Toyota’s line up of intelligent technology
Toyota’s media conference was one of the most awaited at the Motor Show, showcasing a myriad of new concepts based on how the vehicle will change modes as the future becomes autonomous.
“Through the evolution of artificial intelligence, I think that cars, too, can also become able to communicate with people and their hearts”, explains Toyota President, Akio Toyoda.
First announced in 2018, e-Palette is Toyota’s first vehicle developed specifically for autonomous mobility as a service (“Autono-MaaS”) applications. It reflects Toyota’s ongoing transition to a mobility company and combines electrification, connected networks, and advanced driving technologies to support new shared mobility businesses and business models.
Toyota announced today that it will supply up to 20 specially-designed “Tokyo 2020 Version” e-Palette vehicles to support athlete mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, where it will provide automated, loop-line transportation in the Olympic and Paralympic villages for athletes and related staff. The battery-electric, automated vehicles have been adapted specifically for use during the Games based in part on feedback from athletes about their mobility needs in the past games.
- The Honda e and BENLY e scooter
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the establishment of Honda e:TECHNOLOGY, a new collective name which represents Honda’s original high-efficiency electrification technologies including electrified two- and four-wheeled mobility products as well as Honda’s energy management technologies.
The Honda e features new technologies, such as pop-out door handles and Camera Mirror System that replaces door mirrors help to accentuate the seamless, smooth appearance.
Inside, the Honda e’s cabin is lounge-like, a simple and comforting space, equipped with a large, intuitive dual screen touchscreen display. Honda Personal Assistant, based on Honda’s advanced AI and connected technologies, seamlessly connects mobility and people’s daily lives.
Honda’s BENLY e is an interesting outlook to the future of business vehicles, in line with Mobility-as-a-Service (Maas) – catering to the needs of new delivery services such as food or emergency deliveries on a 2-wheeler.
Based on the BENLY’s proven performance in business use, the BENLY e: is powered by two Honda Mobile Power Packs which also power the PCX Electric. Taking advantage of the benefits of zero CO2 emissions, ultra-quiet operation, and no exhaust fumes, the BENLY e: is ideal for early morning deliveries and food delivery. This model’s cruising range ideal for business use, convenient charging and reverse-assist position it as an EV scooter that makes delivery work smoother.
- Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility Concept – Ariya
Nissan unveiled the Ariya Concept, a crossover EV with twin electric motors, powerful acceleration, award-winning driver assistance technology and a look that signals a complete reinvention of the brand’s design.
Nissan designed the Ariya Concept to fully embody the three pillars of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Power and Intelligent Integration. Combining advanced electric-vehicle technology with a new level of seamless human-machine interface connectivity, it offers an entirely new driving experience.
The Ariya Concept features the latest version of Nissan’s award-winning driver assistance system, ProPILOT 2.0, for a more confident and comfortable drive. The system combines navigated highway driving with hands-off single-lane driving capabilities. By engaging the vehicle’s navigation system to help maneuver the car on a predefined route on designated roads, the system can assist the driver with passing, lane diversions and lane exiting on multi-lane highways.
- Lexus LF-30
While the LF-30’s look is simply a breathtaking outlook of the aesthetics of future cars, a major angle of Lexus’ view of the future is in the technology that will be in future premium models.
Styled to visually articulate its unique energy flow, the LF-30 takes advantage of a hoodless vehicle shape (Lexus says this shape is made possible by being a BEV). The opacity of the side windows can be freely adjusted, and the color of the front face and luminescence patterns help identify whether the vehicle is in normal or autonomous mode.
Photo from lexus.com
On the interior, the cockpit was designed based on the new Lexus concept of “Tazuna”. The steering controller-mounted switches and head-up display have been coordinated to a high degree, creating a space that enables the driver to focus on driving while controlling various functions, such as the navigation and audio system and driving-mode selection, without having to shift one’s vision or operate manual switches.
Photo from lexus.com
The rear seats use artificial muscle technology to mold to their occupant, and can support various modes such as reclining, relaxation, and alert functions. A glass roof above the rear seats features voice control and a gesture controlled “SkyGate” display window that uses AR to display various types of information, such as a realistic star-filled sky, user-favorite videos, and even navigation.